With a name like the Ramblers Association, it is understandable that this charity has a fair amount of interest in walking. Their mission, quite simply, is to protect the outdoor spaces that appeal to walkers, and to make sure that people are able to experience the freedom and other benefits that come with being out and about on foot.
Walking, therefore, makes up a large part of what the charity does. Their website is a mine of useful information for those who enjoy getting out and about on foot, providing advice, suggested walking routes, details of walking events and festivals and much, much more.
While the main aim of the Ramblers Association is to promote the benefits of walking to the public, much of their work will also appeal to those who have a keen interest in protecting the environment. Part of the charity’s role includes protecting the environments in which people walk, and promoting their rights to enjoy the wide variety of open spaces that Britain has to offer. Work in these areas does not just include campaigning, but practical work too. A huge number of volunteers work with the charity to keep pathways across the UK clear and accessible, in addition to campaigning to protect walking routes that are at risk from commercial developments such as new housing projects, high speed railway lines, off road vehicles, fracking and more.
Another of the key charitable aims of the Ramblers Association is to educate the public in a variety of areas. These areas include promoting the health and social benefits of walking, as well as educating the public about the importance of preserving and conserving the areas of the UK that are popular amongst walkers. They also campaign for access rights – including a notable successful campaign in 2009 that gave members of the public the right to walk along the entire coast line of England, providing access to some of the country’s most beautiful and magical landscapes.
Experienced and novice walkers alike will find the advice guides produced by the charity to be useful. As well as advice on the health benefits and safety aspects of walking, you will find tips and reviews covering the best walking clothing, from waterproof trousers to Gore-Tex jackets and more. With advice on map reading and rights of way among other useful information, the Ramblers Association provides all that new and experienced walkers need to get going.
The Ramblers Association is a charity that is focused on walking, and this is, understandably, a key focus for the charity. However, there is plenty of opportunity for non-walkers to get involved – particularly those who have a keen interest in preserving our environment for generations to come. With a huge number of volunteer opportunities available and a number of regular, high profile campaigns each and every year, working with or supporting the Ramblers Association is a great way to get involved in championing a fantastic cause.
Arthur Long is an enviro mentalist. He loves the outdoors and blogs regularly on issues he feels strongly about.